Bars in Krakow: the ultimate in Polish nightlife
Easy to explore on foot and blessed with liberal licencing hours, Krakow is the perfect city for a little bar-hopping. While Poland’s picturesque second city is closely associated with high-quality vodka, you can also enjoy a range of cocktails and delicious flavoured beers. For a unique experience head to the historic Jewish Quarter for a great range of traditional and contemporary drinking spots. Pop into the atmospheric Alchemia on Plac Nowy for some great vodka or a gourmet hot chocolate. Then pop to the nearby Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu (“Once Upon A Time In Kazimierz”) is a great bar/restaurant with a fairy-tale feel. With a slightly more daring vibe, Absynt does a creative line of absinthe cocktails, as well as hot drinks and the ubiquitous vodka.
Head further into the city centre on your quest for creative mixology. Mercy Brown on Straszewskiego is a must – you’ll need to sneak into this speakeasy-themed bar through the Smakolyki restaurant. If you prefer an outdoor experience, the Taras Widokowy at the Sheraton Hotel has a rooftop terrace with fantastic views of Wawel Castle and the Wisla River. Most Krakow bar staff are fluent in English and you’ll usually find free Wi-Fi.